Glitchspace is about reprogramming the game to solve puzzles. Trapped in an abstract cyberspace world, your way forward uses visual programming to edit environmental geometry, whilst unlocking key programming concepts along the way.
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Release Date: May 5, 2016

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May 27

Glitchspace Soundtrack/Ambience Album Now Available

Hey folks,

Following on from Glitchspace’s release a few weeks ago, the soundtrack/ambience album for the game is now available!



You can take a listen to the full album here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Opa5XVJ5NE
This took a bit longer than anticipated with other post-release stuff as well as having to upload the whole thing from dial up. It shall be up on Steam sometime today, but you can purchase it directly from bandcamp:

https://ronanquigley.bandcamp.com/album/glitchspace-ost

Space Budgie.

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May 20

1.04 Patch Now Available

Back with another round of changes and just in time for the weekend!

- Music and SFX volume are now controlled by sliders.
- Multiple use of Apply Force no longer stacks the force.
- Fixed issue where the player and physics cubes wouldn't count as colliding after they had come to rest.
- Minor physics fixes.

Soundtrack shall be up for grabs in the coming days. Linux and Oculus to follow. As always if you have any technical issues just let us know.

Space Budgie

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About This Game

A Reprogrammable World


Glitchspace is about reprogramming the game to solve puzzles. Trapped in an abstract cyberspace world, your way forward uses visual programming to edit environmental geometry, whilst unlocking key programming concepts along the way. Stretch, scale, rotate, manipulate and create, explore a world of reprogrammable geometry as you discover your way home, ever distant on the horizon.

Features


  • A Reprogrammable World - Explore a cyberspace world of reprogrammable geometry.
  • A Reprogrammable Tool - Enhance your toolbox through the functions you unlock, allowing you to craft your own programs.
  • A Programming Experience - Discover key programming concepts through the puzzles you solve.
  • A Brian Eno inspired score, coupled with a lifelike soundscape.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 260 or AMD Equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: An Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.8
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 260 or AMD Equivalent
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Very Positive (173 reviews)
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Squeaks
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Had a lot of fun with this, the difficulty curve can be sporatically harsh in some places and a lot of advanced functions of the programming language arn't unlocked in the main game as of yet. but overall enjoyable
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BtheDestroyer
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
While there's no game that's truely a "play this and you'll learn how to program" title, this will definitely help those who have no past experience get a feel for the logic needed. I've already beaten the game three times and am only just discovering the incredibly deep and complex mechanics of the sandbox. My third playthrough was a speedrun with a final time of 51:49 and I hope to get that time down to around 40 minutes in a month or so. Speedrun: https://youtu.be/EEKluKusTT4

If you like logic puzzles, speedrunning, or programming this game is a must buy.
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jlmassey
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Whoa! Very entertaining puzzles and mechanics. I like the Portalesque feel with solving sequences of puzzles in various rooms. Besides a few minor glitches and confusing parts the learning curve is unique and makes for an addicting game. As for the mechanics this game style has a LOT of potential with strategy, using physics and logic, and even stories could be developed around the style. I praise this game and hope more like it will soon become popular!
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GodOfPythons
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Difficulty curve is kinda meh, but it's a great game overall.
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Braddigan
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Solid puzzle game with good aestetics. Played it in VR mode with the Vive which was a nice addition. Not a true VR experience, more of a display in a virtual theater. The experience was better than the desktop though. Used a keyboard and mouse and gamepad, ended up sticking with the keyboard and mouse. Some light programming and math ideas come into play so if you have interest or experience it may be a plus. There are some minor annoyances. You don't have a way to describe or take note of what puzzle you're on and portals just keep on leading to more without any differentiation. Still a great game.
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orangesandmilk
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
very badly made, crashes frequently. Crashes my pc so severly that i have to hard reboot
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hi im bex
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Really enjoyed this game overall! It took me around 4 hours to complete story mode; however, take that with a grain of salt, I'm a CS student and I was frsutrated by some of the earlier levls and how the game tried to limit some of what you could do. I'd much prefered more freedom but harder challenges. It sucked to have to solve a certain puzzle through only a single veiw point. Also the game itself is definitely buggy, like in some of the earlier levels I broke stuff and had to restart, and multiple times I would get stuck in an infinite falling loop because it kept respawning me not on an actual plane so that's kind of annoying. Also it's somewhat frsutrating because their character controller is clearly capsule shaped, making balancing on skinnier surfaces annoying as you tend to slide off. But I loved the last 5-6 levels so much, I was laughing and smiling as I raced through puzzles and really loved that. So I'd love to see a longer more complex story/challenge mode and perhaps more bug fixes, so keep that in mind and try to be patient with the game. Even with all that I'd still recommend it!
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ShinjiKnox
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Glitchspace a few years ago seemed to be a really interesting idea. I got the game from a friend, redeemed it on the now dead Desura, and had a lot of fun. After that, Glitchspace got on Steam and I decided to give it some time to become a proper game. And here we are.

Glitchspace is actually a pretty good idea. I actually love the art style and the game looks a thousand times better than before. It saddens me to say that the game didn't change much in terms of difficult compared to when I played it years ago.

The game is fun at first, but it is extremely simple and easy. There are no mind-bending puzzles, and that makes the whole campaign play like a chore. For the entire time you will wait for it to give you something mind-bending, but it just keeps delivering more and more easy puzzles until it's over.

Glitchspace is not bad per se, but it unfortunately didn't deliver the entire potential behind the gameplay.
If you aren't particularly good at puzzles, I'm sure you'll find a nice game here. For the more seasoned veterans, Glitchspace will play like a children's logic book.

That said, there are lots of fun waiting for you in the sandbox mode, however if you are looking for a good campaign of hand-crafted puzzles, you'll not find it here. Go after The Talos Principle, The Witness and Infinifactory. These are the games that will give you that good feeling of solving a difficult puzzle. Glitchspace unfortunately holds your hand a bit too much, to the point you will know the solution just by looking at the puzzle. Instantly.


Bonus buying guide

:D > :) > :| > :( Should I wait for a discount?
:| Definitely worth a try if bundled or >50% off
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Shibboleth
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
If you like puzzle games like Portal or Quantum Conundrum, then buy this game.

It's a great premise and well executed. The full version, which was released a couple of weeks ago, has greatly expanded on the promise of the early access versions.

There's no story to speak of, just pure puzzles within the 'object manipulation' environment. Very enjoyable.
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メロン ᕦ(ò_ó*)ᕤ
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
I really want to like this game but the controls and UI are super shonky and it ends up just being frustrating, instead of actually solving problems using programming I ended up just fighting with the unresponsive controls, wacky air control, programming UI that was way harder to use than really necessary

Also some of the sound effects are plain painful to listen to
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Vinrafel
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
First Impressions Video:

https://youtu.be/NVHmtF6MpGg

I would love to give this game a decent try, but it crashed six times in less then an hour. My rig is no weak thing.

On top of that, the gameplay doesn't look interesting enough to go out of my way to fix the problem.

Take this how you will.
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MrOblivious
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
An interesting and fairly well executed idea. The story mode is somewhat short, especially if you have a good grasp of programming and puzzles already. The general ambiance is quite good, and the puzzle progression is well paced. The addition of the sandbox is also a nice touch.
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stew3254
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
Loved the game. Great play but the story is way to short. It would be much better to have more functions and a longer story.
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Nakrenën-ta
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
Almost immediately after I posted a review about not being able to play due to missing x86 version, developers had made it avaliable to everyone. So i'm editing the review cause I am really pleased about the game itself and it runs pretty well. Thanks, Space Budgie!
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jctwood
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
Glitchspace creates a really wonderful sense of freedom in comparison to most puzzle games. After the tutorial it opens up and becomes a very challenging game.
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Raingram
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
A relatively short game with an amazing premise. I feel like if this had a story and level editor it would be worth 4X more! But as it stands this is brilliant value for money and a fantastic game!
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prexen
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
If you liked portal and some clever puzzles this is it. The game makes you feel good and super smart.
I want more nodes , more functions, more everything!
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Fleerew
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Very easy to learn logic system. Great for beginers and beautiful graphics. The path can get confusing so alway check above and below to make sure where you are trying to go. Can't wait to finish the game.
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Martin
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Not really that interesting and pretty tedious.
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Skull
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Very fun, but the story mode is only about 3 hours long and seems like I just finished the tutorial. If it gets sandbox mode or even better steam workshop then it could be worth the money ($12) on steam. I got it on a sale for $1 and consider it a great deal.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Very fun, but the story mode is only about 3 hours long and seems like I just finished the tutorial. If it gets sandbox mode or even better steam workshop then it could be worth the money ($12) on steam. I got it on a sale for $1 and consider it a great deal.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 5
Glitchspace is a first person puzzler that has you reprogramming parts of the world using a visual programming language.

I found the game to be fairly self explanatory, so you don't need to know any programming language before playing the game. The game is pretty good at providing visual cues to guide you, both when solving puzzles as well as when navigating through the game world.

The puzzles grow in difficulty and complexity as you progress. Usually the level design and available tools are a good hint for what the solution would be, but it is fairly forgiving when you make a mistake. Trial & error is actually the way you will probably learn a few things, as you will have to think outside of the box for at least a few of the puzzles.

I bought the game in early access, but also got a review key just before launch to make a YouTube video to show some of the game. If you are on the fence about buying the game, have a look to see if you get a better idea what the game is all about:

https://youtu.be/BR6AzpO8N4w
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Glitchspace a few years ago seemed to be a really interesting idea. I got the game from a friend, redeemed it on the now dead Desura, and had a lot of fun. After that, Glitchspace got on Steam and I decided to give it some time to become a proper game. And here we are.

Glitchspace is actually a pretty good idea. I actually love the art style and the game looks a thousand times better than before. It saddens me to say that the game didn't change much in terms of difficult compared to when I played it years ago.

The game is fun at first, but it is extremely simple and easy. There are no mind-bending puzzles, and that makes the whole campaign play like a chore. For the entire time you will wait for it to give you something mind-bending, but it just keeps delivering more and more easy puzzles until it's over.

Glitchspace is not bad per se, but it unfortunately didn't deliver the entire potential behind the gameplay.
If you aren't particularly good at puzzles, I'm sure you'll find a nice game here. For the more seasoned veterans, Glitchspace will play like a children's logic book.

That said, there are lots of fun waiting for you in the sandbox mode, however if you are looking for a good campaign of hand-crafted puzzles, you'll not find it here. Go after The Talos Principle, The Witness and Infinifactory. These are the games that will give you that good feeling of solving a difficult puzzle. Glitchspace unfortunately holds your hand a bit too much, to the point you will know the solution just by looking at the puzzle. Instantly.


Bonus buying guide

:D > :) > :| > :( Should I wait for a discount?
:| Definitely worth a try if bundled or >50% off
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Very easy to learn logic system. Great for beginers and beautiful graphics. The path can get confusing so alway check above and below to make sure where you are trying to go. Can't wait to finish the game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Really enjoyed this game overall! It took me around 4 hours to complete story mode; however, take that with a grain of salt, I'm a CS student and I was frsutrated by some of the earlier levls and how the game tried to limit some of what you could do. I'd much prefered more freedom but harder challenges. It sucked to have to solve a certain puzzle through only a single veiw point. Also the game itself is definitely buggy, like in some of the earlier levels I broke stuff and had to restart, and multiple times I would get stuck in an infinite falling loop because it kept respawning me not on an actual plane so that's kind of annoying. Also it's somewhat frsutrating because their character controller is clearly capsule shaped, making balancing on skinnier surfaces annoying as you tend to slide off. But I loved the last 5-6 levels so much, I was laughing and smiling as I raced through puzzles and really loved that. So I'd love to see a longer more complex story/challenge mode and perhaps more bug fixes, so keep that in mind and try to be patient with the game. Even with all that I'd still recommend it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
If you like puzzle games like Portal or Quantum Conundrum, then buy this game.

It's a great premise and well executed. The full version, which was released a couple of weeks ago, has greatly expanded on the promise of the early access versions.

There's no story to speak of, just pure puzzles within the 'object manipulation' environment. Very enjoyable.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
"Programming" puzzles have never been so fun.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
A relatively short game with an amazing premise. I feel like if this had a story and level editor it would be worth 4X more! But as it stands this is brilliant value for money and a fantastic game!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
If you liked portal and some clever puzzles this is it. The game makes you feel good and super smart.
I want more nodes , more functions, more everything!
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 5
A game that is really coming into it's own. A great basic idea to programming as it uses similar theming to actual programming as well as being clever on the puzzles and a really interesting set design. Glitchspace has a few similarities to Value's Portal in aspect to it's puzzles with 'Aha' moments and a fun physics engine that can be very entertaining on it's own.
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67 of 76 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 24, 2014
I just finished playing the games short story mode/tutorial. It is a Alpha game so I did not expect something long and complex. I would say it is a very interesting puzzle platformer. If it had more content, which it will hopefully have upon its full release. I would also say that it might come close to Antichamber and Portal.

The gameplay and the puzzle solving is really intuitive (Okay maybe that is just because I do know how to programm). In the tutorial section you were pretty much just guided through the levels because you didn't have all the commands available so it was pretty easy but I can see it getting really interesting when you actually have all commands at your fingertips.

The soundtrack is okay. It is nothing special but it is not bad either. Just somewhere inbetween.

The Movement is okayish but I would say it needs a litle bit more work because jumping doesn't feel right. But I can't really put my finger on why it doesn't feel right.

I think a great addition would be workshop support and a level editor because if a game like this has these features it will never get old because there is always new stuff to download or to creat. I also think maybe creating your own more complex commands would be great but so far I think the game has all necessary commands you need to have fun with it.

I suggest you buy it now to support the devs so we can get more features. I will also EDIT this review when the final Product is released.

Edit 1: Jumping now feels good and not clunky anymore.
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 2, 2014
The Good
Tired of button-mashing quicktime events? Sick of "Press (x) to hack"? Then Glitchspace is for you! This game is one of the few in gaming that gets "hacking" in video games right. Rather than dumb down the experience to the point where you don't have to be concious to play, Glitchspace takes hacking to a whole new level. With an intuitive Node-based system, you can connect constants to mathematic expressions, multiply vectors together, or transform an object, all with the ease of a mouse drag.

The Bad
There's just not enough of it! After one hour of playing, I had beaten the game, and was left yearning for more. Given the early-access state of the game, and the number of levels there are, I would suggest waiting until the game comes out with more levels and more functionality. If you just can't wait, I suggest buying it on sale.

The Ugly
The game is graphically simplistic, but very interesting none the less. The random "glitching" of the hackable blocks can be distracting at times, but otherwise the game is very pleasing, both visually and auditorily.

In conclusion, I do recommend this game, but would like either more levels, or Steam Workshop level editing capabilities.
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41 of 53 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 14, 2014
Coming back to this after the alpha 2.0 was night and day. Glitchspace is no longer a simple teaching tool, but is starting to become it's own full fledged game. I have only had the chance to play the tutorial levels and so far they have a good learning curve and do a great job of teaching not telling the player how things work.

The new design and graphics for Glitchspace is nearly night and day to the pre-alpha 2.

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Pre Alpha 2.0:

As a programmer this was pretty basic, but for a teaching tool, this is very good. I know that it's currently in alpha, and i hope to see where this idea will go.
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27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 14, 2014
In its early stages, but a really interesting and surprisingly fun concept. The programing is introduced in stages that make it easy to learn and is designed really well for teaching new concepts. The music is also very relaxing and the whole game has a contemplative leasurely tone to it that I really enjoyed.
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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 28, 2014
The idea is great and the concept is easy to grasp, at least for me as a programmer.

Here is me playing the first few levels.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 25, 2014
I played this with my 8 year old son, and it inadvertently turned into a great trial and error programming/math lesson for my son. Near the end, I was even able to teach him about vector operations, object translation, scaling, rotation and other cool stuff. The story mode is really short though...maybe to be expected for $7, but I love the teaching potential of this game. Like SpaceChem it's one of the few games out there that has successfully gamified programming.
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 20, 2014
This game is still in alpha but there are two problems I've noticed. 1) The Story Mode is too short, took 40 minutes to complete. 2) The sandbox mode wasn't really customisable. This game is still fun and rewarding when you solve your puzzle and again, it's still in alpha. Overall right now, I'd give Glitchspace a 7/10.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 6, 2015
Well... This is a difficult game to review. I have very mixed feelings about it. The concept is very good, and the game was very well thought out and put together. The problem is, it's not finished. If they ever finish it it has the potential to be a very popular game, but as it is they haven't put out a new update in a LOOONG time. As it is it's still in beta. So if this game goes on sale for like 7 bucks or less, I'd say get it. But at the full price, it's not worth it.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 4, 2015
Nice update, moving in a real positive direction. Liking the new visuals and tutorial helps me as a non-programmer understand whats happening but I would like to see the UI developed further in the next build. Good work.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 5, 2015
It's a game about manupulating the world through a simple code-based editor that's easy to use and fun to mess around with.

Pros:
-Simplistic Graphics leaves the place looking like a digitized world suspended in space.
-Game runs pretty well, even on an outdated computer like mine.
-Level design leads you shooting through space and overcoming many obstacles.
-Contains a Legacy Mode which has most of the old content recreated in a new style.

Cons:
-Small amount of bugs, such as weird selection issues with the connections, and a button in legacy mode that breaks all others.

I have been looking at this project for awhile, and it's come along faster than anticipated. It's an amazing concept and execution. It has a decent amount of content for a new(2 days ago) build.
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